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A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry Concert in the Kennedy White House

A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry Concert in the Kennedy White House

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 7:30 PM

JFK Centennial Celebration Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

One of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves delivers a tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Grace Bumbry's recital at the White House in 1962. Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
 
Continuing the Kennedy Center's celebration of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration, Denyce Graves lends her immense voice to pay tribute to the landmark 1962 White House concert that introduced 25-year-old African American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry to America. A 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree, Bumbry broke social, racial, and artistic boundaries through the simple act of singing and embodied President Kennedy's commitment to both free artistic expression and civil rights.
 
Denyce Graves, who "sings with freedom and passion in a voice that seems to get only richer and more lustrous" (The Washington Post), honors Bumbry in a performance that references her historic concert. Included on the program is Duparc's L'invitation au Voyage, a favorite work of Mrs. Kennedy, who sang along into the President's ear in harmony with Grace Bumbry. This is a tribute not to be missed.

    

Program & Notes

Composer
Piece
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Henri Duparc
Henri Duparc
Henri Duparc
Selections from Old American Songs
At the River; The Boatmen's Dance; I Bought Me a Cat
Manuel de Falla
Siete canciones populares españolas
El Paño Moruno; Seguidilla Murciana; Asturiana; Jota; Nana (Berceuse); Canción; Polo